In my little bubble, people are environmentally conscious. Your environmental mindset obviously depends on the people around you, and what measures your society and bureaucracy has set up to support you.As we are fast approaching certain tipping points in the global climate that will probably ruin our chances of getting through an apocalypse, no matter … Read more Should you care about climate change?
How to be an effective changemaker I see a changemaker as someone who shines with a light that ignites the dry tinder of our disillusioned spirits. But being a changemaker is difficult, taxing and a drain on the individual. Too many engaged activists burn out because of the resistance of the status quo or inattention … Read more To burn bright you need to be a fire.
It’s time for the next step in the evolution of our species. John Maynard Keynes wrote an essay in 1930 entitled “Economic possibilities for our grandchildren“, in which he tried to explore what our economy could look like in a hundred years time. We are now 90 years after the first publication of this essay. … Read more Work less, live more
A brief history of environmentalism in Germany There are strict rules governing environmental protection in Germany. Natural areas are protected in different degrees of importance. For example, there are areas of international and national importance related to the value of the habitat, their value for (migrating) birds or just areas with a great landscape, which … Read more What environmental activism and fascism have in common
I previously talked about how to not get too depressed about climate change. But there are other responses in the face of the coming ecopocalypse. The climate emergency is not the first time in history that many people think the world will end soon. In 1954 a UFO cult around the Chigaco house wife Dorothy … Read more How to deal with impending climate disaster
Rule 1: Be critical I want to be happy and hopeful. That’s why I stopped looking at the “news”, basically don’t use social media (no facebook, no twitter, 15 minutes of youtube and instagram max.) and try and read good news. But when you are critical, you dig and you uncover things. And often, they … Read more How to try and not get climate change depression
A story of Roman aqueducts When in Rome … check out the amazing aqueducts! They are not only in that city of course. Most incredible Roman aquaeducts are actually all over Europe, like the Pont du Gard, the Valens aqueduct (part of a 240 km conduit), the Aqueduct of Segovia, the Pont des les Ferreres … Read more Why you don’t want your toilet to fail
Cooling the planet The water cycle is one of the main drivers of the greenhouse effect. I talked about this previously in my article on climate change and the generation question. Where I quoted a NASA study attributing 50% of the greenhouse effect to water vapour (25% to clouds, 20% to CO2). This is due … Read more Are trees bad for the climate?
Manuela Höfner is a decluttering coach. The many facets of her story are utterly fascinating. She started out as a tax advisor. After happily helping people with their tax for 25 years she noticed that those who had their documentation in order were MUCH happier than those with lots of bits of paper stuffed in … Read more Decluttering: Peace with your stuff
A book review: The Wizard and the Prophet by Charles C. Mann (2018) Summary: The book describes the lives and perspectives of two American researchers as archetypes of different ways to view the future. Those who believe in a future through growth and technology (what we would later call “techno-optimism”): the Wizards; and those who … Read more Wizards and Prophets